Department of Politics, Languages & International Studies

Interpreting and Translating student awarded prestigious European prize

Wed Jul 15 16:03:00 BST 2015

Georgina Banfield, MA Interpreting and Translating student, has been awarded second prize in a prestigious competition at the Directorate General for Interpretation, the European Commission’s interpreting service and conference organiser (DG Interpretation).

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Georgina Banfield (centre), and other prize winners receiving their award in Brussels.


As a beneficiary of a bursary from the DG Interpretation, Georgina was invited to take part in the speech writing competition on the theme '(re)Making Connections.' The winner of the Leopoldo Costa Prize, named after a renowned Senior Interpreter at the Commission, and two runners up of the competition, were offered the unique opportunity to visit Brussels, participate in the DG Interpretation Conference and collect their award.

Georgina commented "it’s not every day that you get invited to the European Commission to see the world’s largest interpreting service at work. As second prize winner, I not only had the chance to practice interpreting in several EU meetings, but I also had the honour of being awarded my prize by the Vice-President of the European Commission, Kristalina Georgieva."

"The most interesting part of my visit was actually seeing how the EU institutions work, and realising that the EU is not the abstract concept that we read about every day in the papers, but something very real. All in all, it was a fantastic opportunity to ‘connect’ with interpreters, teachers and students from all over the EU, and to connect with the EU itself."

Elena Kidd, Course Director for MAIT European Stream, who attended the ceremony, said: "I was very proud to see Georgina being awarded her prize by the Vice-President of the European Commission. It was Georgina’s chance to shine and receive the recognition she so thoroughly deserved."

Read Georgina’s prize winning speech '(re)Making Connections' (PDF) »

View images from the Conference in Brussels »